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New Release Book Review: The Wrong Woman by J.P. Pomare

Title: The Wrong Woman

Author: J.P. Pomare

Published: July 27th 2022

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Pages: 336

Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Thriller, Suspense

RRP: $32.99

Rating: 4.5 stars

IT WAS A TRAGIC ACCIDENT. WASN’T IT? A private investigator returning to the hometown he fled years ago becomes entangled in the disappearance of two teenage girls in this stunning literary crime thriller.

Reid left the small town of Manson a decade ago, promising his former Chief of Police boss he’d never return. He made a new life in the city, became a PI and turned his back on his old life.

Now an insurance firm has offered him good money to look into a suspicious car crash, and he finds himself back in the place he grew up – home to his complicated family history, a scarring relationship breakdown and a very public career-ending incident.

As Reid’s investigation unfolds, nothing is as it seems: rumours are swirling about the well-liked young woman who crashed the car, killing her professor husband, and their possible connection to a local student who has gone missing.

Soon Reid finds himself veering away from the job he has been paid to do. Will he end up in the dangerous position of taking on the town again?


Melbourne based author J.P. Pomare has seen four of his books widely published. Pomare returns with another thrill piece for his fans old and new. The Wrong Woman is a complicated and interlaced crime thriller that looks at the strange disappearance of two teenage girls. Wild, unpredictable, puzzling and sage, The Wrong Woman kept me guessing until the final hour!

Former resident of the small town of Manson, Reid is now a city-based PI. Reid wants to put his old life in Manson behind him, but his past catches up with him once more when he is presented with a case that will draw in some big bucks. An insurance firm asks Reid to investigate a suspect car crash, in return for a healthy payment.  But Reid is at odds, he made a vow never to come back to Manson. When Reid returns home he is remined of his tough upbringing, his difficult family history, a career ending situation and the relationships he left behind.   But as Reid works through this complex car crash incident nothing is as it seems – there are looming questions, theories and plenty of suspicion around the couple involved. Will Reid be able to get to the bottom of this perplexing case?

J.P. Pomare is one of our country’s rising stars in the literary thriller field. With four very strong novels in this genre under his belt, Pomare is back with another magnificent thriller. The Wrong Woman is a story that took me in all sorts of different corners and places. It was unpredictable, twisted, volatile and consuming.

I have enjoyed each and every J.P. Pomare book I have read to date. I was very keen to delve into The Wrong Woman as soon as it arrived on my doorstep. The recent wet weather weekend here in Perth granted me plenty of time to read this one. From the moment I read the first paragraph of the main character Reid’s testimony I was hooked. Reid’s addictive narration is alternated with Eshana’s viewpoint. Eshana is another highly intriguing narrator, who shares the spotlight with Reid, our intrepid PI. Between the two of them, Pomare serves up a truly engrossing slow burn style thriller. The pace forced me to restrict my reading speed level a notch, but I was more than happy to do this as it allowed me to fully appreciate all this superb book had to offer.  I was duped, fooled and placed in a false sense of security as I thought I had this one completely figured out. However, Pomare definitely bamboozled me with his latest release. Pomare’s astute approach and directive force absorbs the reader in a thick air of narrative tension. With full bodied characters, a claustrophobic small-town atmosphere and direct style writing, The Wrong Woman definitely seduced this reader!

The Wrong Woman is one book that you will need to pay strong attention to from the opening sentence, right through until to the final key word. I highly recommend J.P. Pomare’s latest.

The Wrong Woman by J.P. Pomare is published by Hachette Australia on July 27th 2022. $32.99.


*Thanks is extended to Hachette Australia for providing a free copy of this book for review purposes.

To learn more about the author of The Wrong Woman, J.P. Pomare, visit here

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